Milestones in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

1929 Born in Atlanta
1948 Graduates from Morehouse College in Atlanta
1951 Graduates from Crozer Theological Seminary
1954 Supreme Court rules racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional
(Brown v. Board of Education)
1955 Supreme Court orders desegregation of public schools
Earns Ph.D. from Boston University
Rosa Parks is arrested on Montgomery bus
Leads protest involving Rosa Parks, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott begins
1956 Supreme Court rules bus segregation unconstitutional
1957 Becomes president of new Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Featured on Time Magazine cover
Delivers his first national address, "Give Us The Ballot"
Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957
1959 Visits India to study nonviolent tactics, meets Gandhi's family
1960 President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960 covering voter registration
1961 Negotiates for Freedom Riders
Segregation in interstate travel formally banned
Makes his only visit to Seattle
1963 Writes his "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Meets with President John F. Kennedy
Delivers "I Have a Dream" speech at Lincoln Memorial to 250,000 people at the
March on Washington
1964 Time Magazine "Man of the Year"
Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed into law
Receives Nobel Peace Prize, youngest person ever
1965 1965 Voting Rights Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson
Marches from Selma to Montgomery and is arrested
1966 Leads demonstrations in Chicago
Leads "March against Fear" from Memphis to Jackson
1967 Thurgood Marshall appointed first black on U.S. Supreme Court
1968 Organizes (with the SCLC) the "Poor People's Campaign" on Washington
Leads striking sanitation workers in a march in Memphis
Delivers his last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop"
Assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis
More than 300,000 people march with his coffin through Atlanta
1977 Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter
1983 Dr. King's birthday declared a federal holiday by President Ronald Reagan
2004 Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal
2011 Dedication of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial